February 23, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


  The New & Improved Boyne River Inn

Sept. 1, 2018

Sometimes the classics are all you need. 
        
That’s the approach of the Boyne River Inn — affectionately nicknamed “The BRI” — in Boyne City, where the menu offers up uncomplicated, from-scratch di... Read More >>

Bear McCreary– God of War: Playstation Soundtrack– Sony Classical

Aug. 25, 2018

McCreary, who’s contributed music to such dramatic, different shows as the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, shows off his abilities to score quirky, fantasy situations once again on this PS-exclusive soundtrack. The seasoned composer actually puts some of his best work into this vide... Read More >>

Book It: Mackinac Island’s 2018 Jazz Weekend

Aug. 25, 2018

“It’s another great Mackinac Island summer!” said Ken Hayward by phone from the island’s famed Grand Hotel. Hayward, the hotel’s executive vice president and managing director, said this tourist season so far has been like none ever before — and that in... Read More >>

Hanson Bros. Study Up on String Theory  

Aug. 25, 2018

If you remember the ’90s, then you probably remember Hanson, the long-haired, three-brother pop trio that cranked out several radio hits in that era. Well, they’re on their way back, having collaborated with David Campbell to craft a new album... Read More >>

Welcome to The Back Lot

Aug. 25, 2018

David Meikle is a busy guy. Partners in the Petoskey bar/restaurants Tap 30 and Pour along with Steve Steffes, you wouldn’t think he’d have time to come up with yet another business endeavor.
        
But in the empty alleywa... Read More >>

It’s a Sweet Celebration at Bentley Hill Bakehouse

Aug. 25, 2018

Michelle Rogner has been baking since she was 9 years old. The former Bay City resident got jobs catering as an adult, but it wasn’t until she moved north — and added a big dash of cinnamon — that she really found her calling.

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77:78 – Jellies – Pias America

Aug. 11, 2018

Sprung out of the musical outfit The Bees is this side effort from Tim Parkin and Aaron Fletcher, on which they play with different retro-fied sounds and overdubs, assembling puzzles of audio. While a couple of the tracks are a bit overwhelming to listen to due to sheer component overload... Read More >>

Long Lake Culinary Campus Breaks New Foodie Ground

Aug. 11, 2018

The last student walked out of Traverse City’s Long Lake Elementary for the final time in 2012. But the school deemed too old, outdated, and expensive to keep open for area school kids wasn’t done fulfilling its mission — at least, not as Timothy Fitzgerald Young saw it.... Read More >>

Ice Cube Taking Over Detroit

Aug. 11, 2018

A big night for hip-hop is set to take place at The Takeover in Detroit on Sat., Sept. 29: Ice Cube is coming, and bringing him performers Too $hort and Spice 1. Ice Cube hasn’t been to Detroit since 2016, but with his 10th album, <... Read More >>

Pilots Hit the Trenches for New Album

Aug. 4, 2018

Twenty One Pilots has just announced its much-anticipated new album, Trench, which will hit outlets on Oct. 5 via Fueled by Ramen records. Two singles from the upcoming album, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners” have already been released... Read More >>

A Boatload of Fun at Pirate Fest!

Aug. 4, 2018

Avast ye, mateys, and shiver yer timbers! Hoist up the mizzenmast and scrounge all hands on deck, there’s a scurvy bilge-rat trying to steal our grog before we can even pillage and plunder the local landlubbers!

If that all sounds like gibberish to you, you wouldn’t be... Read More >>

Kickin’ It in East Jordan

Aug. 4, 2018

Exchange students — students who study abroad to gain new cultural experiences and expand their worlds — often return to the foreign places where they studied to relive memories or visit their host families.
        
But Bar... Read More >>

Cinema Soundtrack: Live Music at the TCFF!

July 28, 2018

The live music before each film screening at the Traverse City Film Fest is a lot like the soundtrack to a film: It sets the scene, defines the mood, and absolutely elevates the audience experience.

That’s why performers are hand-selected to match the films, explains TCFF Mu... Read More >>

Pop and Underworld Team Up for Dub Tracks

July 28, 2018

Punk Detroiter Iggy Pop has teamed up with futuristic electronic/dub outfit Underworld for a collaborative single called “Get Your Shirt,” which can be found on their equally collaborative EP, Teatime Dub Encounters. The massive seven... Read More >>

’80s Redux! Get Retro in St. Ignace

July 28, 2018

 

You might be hard-pressed to find a person who waxes nostalgic about ’80s hair and makeup. But press play on an album of ’80s hits at a wedding, and stand back and watch a group of otherwise upstanding 40- and 50-somethings get down like they’re reliving t... Read More >>

Traverse City’s Jeff Bihlman

July 28, 2018

If you’ve ever watched TV shows like All My Children, Sons of Anarchy, or the new series The Gifted — or if you’ve ever danced the night away to rockin’ tunes by The Bihlman Brothers — then you’ve likely heard musician Jeff “Jabo... Read More >>

Djawadi - Westworld: Season 2 Music From the HBO Series – WaterTower

July 21, 2018

Season two of Westworld has arrived, and along with it Djawadi’s approach of combining original compositions with player-piano-festooned-saloon covers of alternative, hip-hop, and pop tracks. The drawling piano chords serve as a link between the futuristic world and the vintage spac... Read More >>

Gorillaz Tour to Hit Toronto and Chicago

July 21, 2018

Gorillaz’ much-anticipated brand new album, The Now Now, just hit stores a couple of weeks ago, and the band is already racking up the tickets sales from fans clamoring to hear tracks both old and new. Led by frontman Damon Albarn (also sin... Read More >>

Bay Burrito Co.

July 21, 2018

What’s missing in Suttons Bay?
To Seth and Jenn Friedman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan natives who keep a second home in the petite Leelanau Peninsula village, the answer was Mexican street food. So they took matters — and tacos, and burritos, and quesadillas — into ... Read More >>

Two Guys and their Food Trucks

July 14, 2018

Entrepreneurs Ben Crow and Syker Nelles have been friends since junior high school, when a chance accident turned the pair of classmates into lifelong pals.
        
“Ben broke his leg at football practice, and I was the one who v... Read More >>